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When you think of dangerous activities, the act of sitting probably isn’t resting at the top of the list. Evidence surrounding the negative effects of a sedentary life does, however, grow constantly.
This NBC article quotes healthcare company Kaiser Permanente saying, American adults are sedentary for six-to-eight hours a day. Various other studies add similar metrics to standard eight hour nights sleeping, with estimates of daily immobility ranging from 16-21 hours. A new statement released by The American Heart Association (AHA) broke down why exactly this could be a huge issue for health conscious Americans.
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The AHA described sedentary activity in the statement as sitting, reclining, or lying down while awake, as well as reading, watching television and working on the computer. It also noted that light housework or slow, leisurely walking that doesn't qualify moderate to vigorous physical activity.
"The evidence to date is suggestive, but not conclusive, that sedentary behavior contributes to cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk," a team led by Deborah Rohm Young, of Kaiser Permanente, Southern California wrote in the statement.
However, she adds, "Given the current state of the science on sedentary behavior and in the absence of sufficient data to recommend quantitative guidelines, it is appropriate to promote the advisory, 'Sit less, move more'."
The statement, which was released August 15th, backed up existing evidence that doing any of the above activities for too long could result heart disease and diabetes—even amongst active, exercising people.
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Heart-health experts continue to encourage that participation of daily physical activity that increases one’s heart rate for at least 30 minutes per day, especially for those who do desk-bound work.
Since the negative physical effects of being inactive are undeniable—weight gain, aching joints and decreased mobility—there’s more than enough sufficient evidence to support why moving more and sitting less is the right idea.
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